Monday, November 25, 2013

Design Wall Monday Quilt Auction!



Quilt donated by Carol Holding

This was the big money quilt!

This won viewer's choice at the show!

Lovely Antique quilt!

Section that I helped arrange.

Matching Circus quilts
I helped with the silent auction at the Holiday Quilt show and Auction on Friday night.  It is held every two years.  I didn't get to town in time to see the show, it is always very well done.  They not only display the quilts by hanging them, they also have beds and decorations.  Themed rooms and such.  And it is a wonderful cause, education and research.  I was so busy working to set up the silent auction quilts with my friends, that I really did not take very many photographs.

This is my Design Wall Monday post for this week.  Check out Judy's blog to see what everyone else is up to.

Just an FYI, my blog hop giveaway will be drawn tomorrow, so there is still time to enter.  Go to this post.
Thanks for stopping by!

Great Gift Ideas with Blurb!

Create Something One Of A Kind with Blurb

People love getting really creative, one-of-a-kind books for Christmas. Books that elicit a “where did you find this?” response. As the leading indie- and self-publishing platform, Blurb has an entire online bookstore full of unique books by an incredible array of undiscovered, self-published authors, artists, and photographers. And while these books probably aren’t in your recipient’s bookshelf, many of them should be. So, if you’re thinking of giving unique gifts this year, consider these titles. Each costs around $40 USD or less:

Cookie Cravings by Maria Lichty and Heidi LarsenWe all have cookie cravings. Popular food blogger Maria Lichter decided to put them into something deliciously original: A baking book featuring 30 recipes you won’t find anywhere else.


Dog by My Side by Adam SchnitzerThis charming collection of original, vintage photos shows us that as long as there have been cameras, we’ve wanted to photograph our canine best friends. As a special bonus, there’s a glossary of the early photographic methods used in the original images. 


Around the World with a Toy Camera by Giorgio GiussaniPerfect for the photography or graffiti-art fan on your list. This book is an explosion of gritty color that explores the wonders of street art and analog photography. 


Food Stories by Elena ScottA short, wonderfully illustrated collection of recipes (and food stories) that will inspire you to pick up the knife and spatula—or just pen and paper. 

Things I Love by Carol Nehls and Jessica RoseIllustrated and written many years apart by a mother and daughter, this sweet rhyming story told by a fox is pure joy for all ages.


Patent Pending by Jordan NatyshenChicken goggles, air-conditioned rocking chairs, monkey jockeys for greyhounds… humankind has invented and sought to patent some amazing and crazy things. Illustrator Jordan Natyshen illustrates some of the strangest in this history of odd inventions. 


Tiny Horses are Everywhere by Thea LuxThe perfect stocking-stuffer for fans of off-beat humor, this undeniably nutty book is based on a Tumblr blog and combines simple photo collages of small horses in human environments with incredibly funny captions.

Rouleaux by Anastassia EliasWhat can you do with an empty roll of toilet paper? If you’re French artist Anastassia Elias, you create tiny dioramas inside of the discarded tubes. Inspired by art and movies, these pieces are beautifully crafted, fun, and unbelievably detailed. 


Low Fidelity by Bobby GrossmanIf you, or someone you love, listened to New York punk and new wave in the 70s, chances are your favorite artist can be found in this book. Bobby Grossman photographed Iggy Pop, David Byrne, The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and many more. This book is a time capsule of—and a love letter to—a legendary time, place, and sound.


Take a second and head over to Blurb to see if you can end your search for that perfect gift this season!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Giving Thanks Quilters Blog Hop Party

Michelle is hosting another Blog Hop Party and I am joining in!  This time the theme is Giving Thanks. One of  the things that I feel most thankful for is the wonderful sunsets that I am lucky to enjoy looking off my back patio!  This time of year the Sun puts on a show nearly every night!  And since we look out over the Southwest part of Sanpete Valley we have an exceptional view of the sun going down each night!





Check out Michelle's blog for the list of all participating quilt artists!  She is so kind to put this all together and spends quite a bit of time making sure that everything is going like clockwork.  Please take a minute to look around her blog and to also comment and tell her Thank you!




For my giveaway I have a See me Sew tote bag kit!  It has a wonderful toile print as the main fabric.  It is featuring Riley Blake fabrics.    

I don't believe in making my readers jump through multiple hoops, so please just leave a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite pie (or other dessert) for Thanksgiving dinner.  My favorite is Pecan Pie! Extra delish if there is Kahlua in it!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you take a minute to look around! 

I will be drawing a name on November 27th.  One entry per person please!  Thanks.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What is Craftsy?



What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more. 

 

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Craftsy Class
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience. 

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting. 



What IS the Craftsy experience? 
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right. 

Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee. 

Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes ranging from drawing and painting to sewing and quilting, from knitting to cake decorating and more. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Random Photographs










My week has been rather scattered.  No studio time. I have been working on setting up my basement dyeing workspace, hope to dye this weekend. I hope to have pics for next week.  So my only inspiration has been provided by Mother Nature.  We are on the East bench of this valley.  My patio faces South and we look out over the Southwest part of the valley. We have wonderful views of sunsets this time of year!  And this last week has had quite the cloud show, during the day and also at sunset!  

I am wondering about trying to use Spoonflower to print a sunset on fabric, has anyone tried this process to print a photograph?  Actually, maybe I want to mess with some of the textures in the clouds to design some sort of repeat that would make a nice print for fabric.


This is my Off the Wall post for the week. Check out Nina-Marie's blog for more inspiration!




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chicken Soup

Blurb's Chicken Soup For Your Soul!
It can be really hard buying books for people as gifts. After all, you never know just which books they already have. And then when you do find the right book and give it to them, how do you make it really personal? Put in a book plate? Write an inscription? How do you make the whole thing totally them?

These personalized “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are one really great way to do it. Not only do you get to choose from five different story themes (from “Christmas Stories” to “Giving thanks”), you can personalize it in ways you just can’t with a conventional book. As the title suggests, these are stories meant to comfort and heal. 



Your custom “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book will truly be a book for them because the book is printed with their name on the cover, as the recipient. And it’s truly from you because your name is printed on the cover as the giver. You can even include an inscription inside the book and on the back cover. Even add a photo to the back. 

There are other nice options to choose from, like the type of cover you’d like and the type of paper. It takes just about five minutes to make it a truly custom book. And chances are, it’s something they’ll love forever. And a 60-page book starts at just $24.95.



There’s a quick video here: Chicken Soup for the Soul that shows you how to fill in all the info using a simple online tool. The books are all done by Blurb, so you know the quality is going to be great. 

Get started here: Blurb's Chicken Soup for the Soul Book 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A New Adventure!

I have decided to get into dyeing fabric.  I was resisting, all those supplies!  I have done a little bit in the past. Mainly at some dye parties with the quilt guild. So you just had to bring tables and buckets, they had dyes and soda ash all set up for everyone to share. I have done a little bit with rust dyeing, but since there are all kinds of good rusty crap, er, um,  stuff in the garage I didn't really have to go looking for any supplies.

Supplies!

Dyes
Just as I was making noises about getting into dyeing a friend said she was getting rid of her dyes, since hadn't used them for a couple of years. What a great start for my dye collection! She kept all her paints since she is still painting and stamping on her fabrics.

Research
She also let me borrow some of her dyeing books.  And she had included a copy of her class handout from when she taught dyeing years ago.

Washing Soda and Pool chemicals
I read about soda ash.  As I live in a small town I only had Wally to look for it. Some things I have read said to use washing soda, so I picked up a box of that. I also picked up a jar of the pool chemicals.  That was twice the price of the washing soda.  But I am not sure if there is a difference in the two products since the washing soda box doesn't list all the ingredients on the label.

PFD!
I had the local quilt shop order me a bolt of PFD.  I chose the Moda brand because they are a small shop and I wanted to go with something from a company that they already do business with.  This bolt came with 12 yards so I asked them to order me another one the next time they put in an order from Moda.

Now the hardest part of all, cleaning up a spot in our unfinished basement as a work area.  I am sparing you a photograph of that mess.  We just dump stuff down there to get it out of the way.  Repeat for 6 years and you have a mess.

So I will try to post regularly on my progress in dyeing fabric.  Wish me luck!

I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's blog for Off the Wall Friday!



I also wanted to tell you that I am still sorting through my craft books, magazines and patterns.  I have a lot listed already, more going up every week.  I have knitting, crochet, cross stitch, quilting and general craft stuff.  I am also clearing out some of my vintage books and magazines.  I am willing to give a quantity discount, please convo me and I can make you a reserved listing or get you a coupon code.  Thanks for looking!

--Destash--

--Vintage--

Little Passports

Making the best of a road trip with Little Passports Travel Tips

“Are we there yet?” was a term coined by the family road trip! While new technology and toys may have silenced backseat conversations, spending time together in the car can still be a great opportunity for family bonding and learning. Even if you plan on bringing the latest gadget to pass the time, try saving them for the end of your trip when everyone is tired and cranky! 

Here are some ideas from Little Passports that are sure to make the time fly by (or at least go by a little faster):




  • Save your most recent Little Passports delivery from Sam and Sofia for your road trip so your kids to learn and explore during the car ride. 
  • Say goodbye to your trusted GPS! Bring back the memory of car trips as a kid and use a map! The night before your trip bring out an actual map (if you can find one!) to show your intended route to your child. Even better, copy the map and pull out a highlighter so your child can follow along – and let you know when you missed a turn.
  • Build in time for pit stops – and if time allows, make short stops that incorporate fun activities along the way. Everyone will need a bathroom break and a meal, but if that happens at a place right off the highway and near playground it can be better for everyone! The kids will get fed – and burn off some energy. 
  • Hit up a dollar store before you leave and stock up on small toys and activities to give to your kids along the way. Every hour let your child choose a surprise – a great incentive for good behavior! You can even wrap the toys for an added element of excitement.

    Use this link to make your next road trip educational: Little Passports Travel Tips 
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    Tuesday, November 5, 2013

    Blurb

    Getting inspired with the Blurb Gift CenterThere are a lot of gifts you could give this holiday season, but when it comes to something really meaningful, there’s nothing quite like the gift of a book you've made yourself. But before you start having visions of gluing and sewing together pages, check out the Blurb Gift Center.

    Blurb lets you make seriously beautiful books using their free tools. Just add photos and text, choose your options (like paper and cover type), and then order. Of course, you do have to decide just what kind of book you want to make. But relax, because they have put together the cool Blurb Gift Center to give you lots of ideas.

    For instance, if you’ve got a genealogical bent, there’s the Blurb Family History Book.

    For those with newborns (or those that know someone with a newborn), a Blurb Baby Book might be just the thing.

    And if you’re the kind of person who keeps getting asked for copies of your recipes, think about making a Blurb Food Book.

    This holiday season, make your gift recipients feel really special by making them something special. There really is a book for everyone



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